Leadership

Creating an inspiring vision
of the Carlex future

We believe in the Servant Leadership paradigm.

Traditional leadership tends to be focused inward and upward. Supervisors ask, “What did you do for me today?” In a Servant Leadership model, leaders ask their team, “What can I do to help you be successful?”

The key traits of our leaders include the ability to listen, empathize, lead by example and collaborate across different areas of the company. Our Servant Leaders approach every day asking how they can help their team be more successful and move them forward.

We’ve chosen Servant Leadership so everyone at Carlex can grow, develop and achieve their professional goals.

Shigeyuki "Sam" Aoki

Chairman

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Sam is responsible for the overall strategy of Carlex Glass America, increasing the company’s sales and growing profitability by providing guidance and direction in line with Central Glass’ management plan.  He joined Central Glass Co., Ltd. in April 1978.

Sam has over 20 years of managerial and executive experience.  In 1991, he was appointed to Manager of Carlex Glass Company, and in 2006, he was promoted to President of Carlex Glass Company.  When he was appointed as Executive Officer in 2013, Sam was also responsible to work as Head of the Matsusaka Plant of Central Glass where he developed energy-conservation initiatives and planned facility improvements for increased productivity.  In 2016, he was appointed to Executive Managing Officer and worked closely with the General Manager of the Automotive Glass Department, President of a joint venture company, Central Saint-Gobain Co., Ltd., and top management executives of U.S. subsidiaries in the glass division.

As Chairman at Carlex Glass America, Sam will provide executive guidance in the company’s business strategy, establish the company’s plans and policies and direct the management of the company.

Tetsuo "Tim" Kanai

Chief Executive Officer

Education

Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Economics, Meiji University

As Chief Executive Officer, Tim is responsible for the overall management of the company, and has authority over all human resource and budgetary control matters in the company.  He joined Central Glass Co., Ltd. in April 1988.

He has over 15 years of managerial and executive experience, starting in 2003 when he was appointed to Manager of Nagoya Branch of Central Glass’ affiliated company, Central Saint-Gobain Co., Ltd., where he coordinated operations such as support activities and sales efforts for automotive glass.  Likewise, as Manager of Glass Business Planning Department of Central Glass Co., Ltd., he was responsible for business planning and restructuring the glass business. Through various experiences assigned to different units, he acquired extensive knowledge in the automotive glass industry, from day-to-day operations of glass production to the overall manufacturing process.

Tim managed the business strategy group at Central Glass America, Inc., which is a holding company of Carlex Glass America, LLC. and wholly owned and controlled by Central Glass Co., Ltd. in Japan. He also oversaw the planning and execution of measures to integrate branches for the automotive glass business within North America

Donald P. Michelotti

President and COO

Education

Bachelor of Science & Master of Science, Engineering, West Virginia University

Don brings a comprehensive background in business leadership, sales and marketing, general management, manufacturing management and sales management. Don has led the automotive replacement business to significant top- and bottom-line growth, and has forged strategic industry alliances. He also oversees sales, advanced product development and operations for the business.

Previously, Don served as executive vice president and held commercial and leadership responsibilities for global OEM sales teams. He has led turn-around situations at several manufacturing sites in the United States and Canada, and been responsible for multi-site manufacturing operations throughout North America.

Don is a registered professional engineer, holds six U.S. Patents, and has completed continuing executive education studies at Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

Joji "George" Suetomi

Senior Executive Vice President, Tennessee Operations

Education

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Chemistry, Nagasaki University

Master of Science, Industrial Chemistry, Nagasaki University

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George has served as a senior executive vice president of the Carlex Group for its Tennessee operations since October 2017. Prior to this role, he was general manager of the Glass Business Planning & Development Department for Carlex’s parent company, Central Glass, in Tokyo, Japan, as well as president of the U.S. subsidiary, Central Glass America, Inc. From 2012 to 2015, he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President of Carlex Glass America.
Earlier in his career, George held numerous engineering and management leadership positions for both Central Glass in Japan, and at the Vonore, Tennessee, fabrication plant.  George joined Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex, in April 1988, and has been working with the company for more than 29 years.

David Kaufman

Senior Vice President, OEM
Managing Director of Carlex Glass Luxembourg S.A.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Purdue University

Masters of Business Administration, Finance, University of Saint Francis

Management Development Program, The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia

David is responsible for global OEM business strategy, commercial excellence, product engineering and program management at Carlex, and has safety, quality and full operational profit-and-loss responsibility for Carlex in Europe. He began his career in the automotive glass fabrication industry in 2000 as a program manager at Guardian Automotive, where he progressed into the following roles of increasing responsibility: European sales manager, director of sales North America and global vice president sales, product engineering, program management and business development. He joined Carlex in November 2014 where he helped in the successful acquisition and integration of Guardian Automotive into the Carlex family.

Prior to Guardian Automotive, David worked at Navistar International Truck and Engine in the advanced structures and materials engineering group where he was responsible for developing and launching a new windshield technology on multiple new programs.

He is a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.

Ikumasa "Kino" Kinoshita

Senior Vice President, Business Planning and Finance

Education

Bachelor of Economics, Business Administration, Yamaguchi University

Kino has served as Senior Vice President of the Carlex Group, responsible for Business Planning and Finance since March 2018. He began his career at Central Glass Co., Ltd, a parent company of Carlex Group, in April 1991. During more than a quarter century experience working with the company, he has been involved in a wide range of operations including hiring, manufacturing costing, business planning, administration, and the management of overseas subsidiaries.

 

He has more than 15 years of managerial experience at Central Glass Co. Ltd., its group companies and its business partner, including 5 years of service as Financial Manager at Carlex Glass Company (currently known as the Vonore Glass Plant of Carlex Glass America, LLC).

 

He also serves as Director and Executive Vice President of Central Glass America, Inc.